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Interview: Aesthetics and Therapeutics Lab
by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi The last time CH spoke with video artist Jakob LeBaron Dwight, he remarked on the effects of light entrainment on the brain and the possible restorative value of light in the context of art. Dwight’s body of work has...
TECH
Qudos by Knog: A Prim and Powerful GoPro Light
GoPros have changed the way people shoot and share footage. Whether you're strapping yourself up with weatherproof HD cameras for a powder day, looking for a new angle on a shoot, or just messing around with friends, the applications for the ubiquitous...
DESIGN
Mola Headlamp by Snow Peak
Aside from increasing luminosity and battery life, there is seemingly little room for innovation in headlamp design—the essential utility piece for camping, backpacking and adventures of the like. Leave it to Japan's purveyor of intelligent outdoor...
TECH
GoBe by Light & Motion
For gear enthusiasts, there's a fine line between staying updated on what's new and cluttering your precious storage space. The GoBe light system from Monterrey, California-based Light & Motion presents a multi-functional light system with a fraction...
DESIGN
Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights
While many brands have begun to offer attractive bicycle lights in recent years, few offer the ease of use that Lucetta does. Designed by Helsinki-based Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Italian design company Palomar, Lucetta is a set of small LED lights...
DESIGN
Tangeez Tangible Lights
We first came across Tangeez—colorful, interactive, light-up building blocks—at this year's Maker Faire. A long-anticipated reinvention of the classic toy, these mesmerizing, palm-sized objects change color as they're stacked. Dubbed "physical pixels...
DESIGN
London Design Festival 2013: Creative Illuminations
Despite the recent infatuation with the Edison bulb, in the past few years there have been drastic improvements made to commercial incandescent lights; from miniature LEDs to the handsome, energy-saving Plumen. And while that remains an exciting and...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: SOFTlab for Sonos Studio
SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio, recently took on the challenge of creating a piece to be featured in the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles. The only instruction for the project was to build an interactive structure that unifies light and sound...
DESIGN
Lucite Sculptures by Phillip Low
Artist Phillip Low returns to the market with four one-of-a-kind pieces. Hand-crafted from the high-grade acrylic medium Lucite, these geometric shapes manipulate their environment and dazzle with colorful light dexterity. The new 2013 pieces—called...
DESIGN
Design Miami/Basel 2013: Casting Light
It could be argued that it doesn't matter what, or who, is in any room if the lighting isn't right. The following pieces—seen among the other wares at Design Miami/Basel—emit, warp or interact with light in exotic ways. Each piece embeds functionality...
TECH
The Guggenheim App
Replacing the embarrassingly bulky recorder and headset once required for an audio tour, the Guggenheim's new mobile app comes flush with insightful information, images and video to enhance past and present art exhibitions held in the iconic Frank...
CULTURE
Art Basel 2013: Light and Fire
Like moths to flame, light art—and its use within, and as a complement to, sculpture—attracted the attention of many visitors at this year's 44th edition of Art Basel. Lamp-like orbs and rods, shadow art and even live fire mesmerized spectators. The...
CULTURE
Barry Underwood's Luminescent Landscapes
In conjunction with an installation by Sarah Kabot, Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA is presenting new work by photographer Barry Underwood. The exhibition, called "Trace Artifice," shows the artist at work again creating otherworldly light installations...
DESIGN
The Bay Lights Turn On
When we last checked in with Leo Villareal one year ago, he had just proposed The Bay Lights, an ambitious project aimed at blanketing San Francisco's Bay Bridge with 25,000 outward-facing LEDs for a light show of epic proportions. Like many concepts...
DESIGN
Luci
Launched on Indiegogo this month, Luci is a proposed sustainable light source for the three billion people around the world living without electricity. Designed by the group MPOWERD, Luci is the first in a series of solar-powered products the company...
DESIGN
Halo Zero
As an avenue for sharing invention Kickstarter has helped introduce a range of safety-oriented cycling innovations to market, the most recent being the Halo Zero, an illuminated messenger bag developed in collaboration between Kickstarter-funded...
TECH
Sparse
Sparse, a start-up brand of cycling lights based in San Francisco, makes a clean and refined product that truly lives up to the company name. The ultra-simple Sparse comes as a tail light and a front, spacer light that replaces a headset spacer to...
DESIGN
Tekio
UK designer Anthony Dickens designed Tekio—a new modular lighting system that lit up Clerkenwell Design Week in London last week—to serve as what he calls "a simple tool for people to express themselves". Dickens has been developing...
CULTURE
Gabriel Dawe
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, an area thought to be reserved for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of Mexican culture began to appear in his artwork...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Joshua Light Show
Meeting Joshua White and Gary Panter is like stepping back in time. Not because White is responsible for creating the Joshua Light Show—the beautifully psychedelic backdrop that entertained thousands at Fillmore East concerts for Janis Joplin...
DESIGN
Suzie by Colonel
More than just bringing the outdoors in, French design studio Colonel recreates a bygone era of carefree beach bumming and camping that's infinitely more subtle than the theme-party decor such a notion might conjure. Founders Isabelle Gilles and...
DESIGN
Union Wood Co.
Inspired by the nostalgia of old wooden docks, mills and factories that once thrived in Vancouver, Union Wood Co.'s recently opened shop in the city's developing Downtown-Eastside community is a haven for those who covet vintage, repurposed and...
TECH
Tulip Lantern
Always a step ahead of the rest in the niche outdoor tech industry, Snow Peak makes intuitive and aesthetically focused backpacking gear and adventure-driven accessories. Building on the strength of products like their titanium iphone case, the...
DESIGN
Les Poupées and Vader
Les Poupées marks the first collaboration between Italian designer Luca Nichetto and French gallerist Pascale Cottard Olsson in Stockholm. Combining a ceramic candle holder with a glass vase, each object blends cultural references from the pure lines...
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